The York College Theater Department will present three student-directed one act plays this weekend, November 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.
The one-acts are the capstone projects of theatre major directors Jasmine Agee, Lauren Post, and Morgan Goracke.
The plays presented include the murder mystery In Memoriam by Marlene Remington, Christopher Durang's spoof comedy For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, and Nick Mecikalski's drama Eisegesis.
The performances are free and no tickets are required. Performances will be in Gurganus Hall (10th and Kiplinger). Doors will open at 7 p.m. The show is recommended for mature audiences.
The student directors have worked all semester on selecting a script, designing the set and costumes, auditioning and coaching a cast, and all of the
thousand small details that go into directing a show. It's a hands-on
lesson that has an immediate and practical impact on the theatre majors'
education. "It's really opened my eyes to all the things a director does," says Goracke, who aspires to direct professionally. "It's a lot of hard work, but it's been a wonderful experience. I have loved the challenge of problem solving."
In Memoriam, directed by Agee, is a thriller about five people who have all
been invited to a castle on an island. Cast members Beth Brock, Rocco
Cirelli, Caleb Clark, Caris Clark, Jameson Trauger, and Parker Seilstad
soon realize that they have all been invited by different people but all
have one thing in common: murder. As the guests start disappearing,
the audience will be on the edge of their seats, wondering who the real
Christopher Durang's work is a parody of the Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie, directed by Post. This play stars Bethany Miller, Martin Callan, Danielle Berry, and Jerome Taylor.
Eisegesis, directed by Goracke, stars Nolan Henningson, Brinna Horvath, Josh Kountz and Caroline Seilstad. The play follows the story of Mr. Arnold Halsworth who wakes to find himself trapped alone in a mysterious prison cell, enclosed not by walls and doors but by a bizarre otherworldly void. While he attempts to reason through his situation, two strange men enter from the nothingness and overpower Mr. Halsworth, presenting him with a staggering accusation: that he is humanity's most heinous criminal.
Goracke encourages people to come see the shows as it is a chance to encourage the directors in their professional debuts. It's also a chance to see many new actors, as well as some favorites of the YC stage.
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